No one has yet made a science
of cavorting in fire-hydrant spray.
No rules have been set, or
teams formed, or players ranked.
There are no training camps,
coaches, stadiums, or playoffs.
No one is keeping score. Thank God
for such times of unfettered play!
But let me say this,
though it is hard to defend:
We are always free to play.
Whatever the discipline,
whatever the constraints,
the spirit of play can enter in.
Though they be deathly serious,
give them a wink.
Pirouette in the stinging spray.


Photo of teenage boy in fire-hydrant spray at the July 4th Games in Arden, Delaware.
Photo and text copyright 2018 by Danny N. Schweers

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Ellyn wrote:
What a fabulous photo. I can feel the spray of the cold water as I giggle with delight! Thanks for reminder to play, life can seem far too serious. I laugh, I play, I rejoice!

Shari wrote:
That's so cool.

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Marti wrote:
Danny , this is so much "fun"!! Thanks!

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Joe wrote:
Lovely and resonant. Thanks Danny.

Hugh wrote:
Find the play in work and never work another day in your life.

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